RMC Product Reviews
Reviews of great new products for the scale model railroader, presented by the staff Railroad Model Craftsman staff and updated monthly. To have your products considered for review, please send samples to:
Railroad Model Craftsman
Attn: Harry K. Wong
San Francisco, CA 94116
April 15, 2019
ExactRail has recently released an N-scale model of the Johnstown America AutoFlood II in a number of paint schemes reflecting many of the owners and operators of these cars.
January 8, 2019
These HO scale tank cars from American Limited feature outstanding detail and should be considered an essential addition for Santa Fe fans.
August 23, 2018
Bachmann’s latest GP30 release is all what it claims to be: A DCC sound value model that offers the novice plenty of opportunity for learning the basics of command control operation and programming while also providing those more experienced hobbyists on a strict budget an attractive looking model with all the current tech.
June 19, 2018
Owl Mountain Models cut no corners in producing a complete quality model of this common and often overlooked prototype flatcar in HO scale.
May 18, 2018
Michael Abraham’s latest travelogue, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, does not follow the normal course of a book about railroads. Abraham approaches his subject from the viewpoint of presenting an economic geographic assessment of the region between Norfolk, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 18, 2018
Southern Pacific modelers are in for a real treat with this locomotive. With its road-specifc features, Athearn’s rendition of the SP EMD SD39 really captures all the subtle nuances of this signature Espee locomotive.
March 11, 2018
A recent limited release from Moloco Trains provides a pair of highly accurate examples of Santa Fe’s Bx-97 boxcar. Each road number produced by Moloco includes its own road number-specific details and decoration.
January 31, 2018
The overall quality of fit and finish displayed by our sample Penn Central X58 boxcar from Tangent Scale Models was outstanding and void of any paint anomalies or lettering errors. The same goes for operation.
January 9, 2018
If you are a mid 1960s or later era HO scale modeler, your going to quickly fall in love with the new WalthersProto Phase II GP35. No disappointments here to speak of; it’s simply just the model us second generation diesel fans have been waiting for all these years.
December 14, 2017
While not the first rendering of the venerable EMD SD40-2 in HO, this attempt by ScaleTrains promises to be the last word on the prototype, eventually encompassing all the major and minor production phase changes of this popular diesel, as well as road-specific details.